70 Afghan couples marry in mass wedding in Kabul
Seventy Afghan couples tied the knot in Kabul in a mass wedding ceremony, as the country faces a financial crisis after being taken over by the Taliban in August 2021. Weddings in Afghanistan are an expensive affair in the country. Couples from families unable to afford the expense sometimes chose to pool their resources in low-cost, large-scale weddings.
A local charity organized a mass wedding party for 70 couples in the Afghan capital Kabul, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday citing local media. “The Silab Foundation yesterday organized a mass wedding for 70 couples in Kabul. The couples were unable to hold weddings individually due to economic problems,” the agency quoted Bakhtar as saying.
Afghanistan is in the grip of a severe humanitarian crisis as, according to international assessments, Afghanistan now has the highest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world, with more than 23 million people in need. aid and about 95% of the population suffering from food insufficiency. consumption. Earlier, a report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said more than 24.4 million people need humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, compared to 18.4 million in 2021, Khama Press reported.
He added that according to a World Food Program (WFP) report, 97% of the population had consumed insufficient food in December and resorted to such situation as skipping meals. Earlier, the WFP said in its report that since the fall of the former government at the hands of the Taliban, more than 22 million people are facing severe starvation. Absolute poverty, food crisis and unemployment are reaching unprecedented heights as families in Kabul are forced to live on the streets.
Drought, conflict, the COVID-19 epidemic and the economic crisis have added to their woes. In addition, the continued spike in food prices in the country has become a new challenge for Afghans. In less than three months, food prices nearly doubled, The Khaama Press reported. The price of a bag of flour varies between 2,800 and 3,000 Afghanis, whereas it was previously sold at 1,400 Afghanis.
The price of fuel, as well as the price of taxis, has also increased due to the economic crisis. (ANI)
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